Twins split with Palmer, but take league contest

Kenai’s Paul Steffenson beats Palmer’s Zach Satterly to the bag during a play at first base in a 10-7 loss to the Pioneers on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Palmer. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

The visiting American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Palmer on Sunday, winning the league contest 12-2 before dropping the nonleague game 10-7.

 

The Twins are now 3-2 in the league and 3-2 overall. They return home Wednesday for a noon doubleheader against Chugiak.

Everything was clicking for the Twins in the first game as they outhit Palmer 17-4.

Players from Homer, Soldotna and Kenai high schools all came up big.

On the mound, Homer’s Adam Brinster started and went four innings, giving up a hit and an unearned run. Soldotna’s Jeremy Kupferschmid finished with three innings, giving up three hits and a run.

At the plate, Kenai’s Paul Steffensen was 2 for 3 with three runs, while Brinster was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. From Soldotna, Cody Quelland was 3 for 5 with three runs, Austin Asp was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Trapper Thompson was 3 for 4.

“It shows the experience of our players and the strength of our high schools,” Soldotna coach Robb Quelland said. “In a short period of time, we’ve been able to bring players from all three high schools into one team.”

Palmer also combines Palmer and Colony high schools. Both those teams went to state, while no peninsula teams did, so Quelland said a decisive victory is impressive.

In the second game, the Twins got a look at some different players.

“No one likes to lose a game, but we learn so much in these losses,” Quelland said. “We get to see a lot of kids pitch and play different positions.”

Harold Ochea pitched the first two innings and gave up six runs — four earned — on five hits. Harrison Metz pitched the next two innings and gave up a run on three hits. Andrew Carver then gave up three runs without recording an out, while Steffensen finished with two scoreless innings.

At the plate, Steffensen was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, while Metz also had two RBIs.

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